On August 7 until August 23, I went on a family vacation that was life changing. I've been coming to Florida for three years now, but it was my family's first time going. They loved it and finally saw what I fell in love with several years ago. My parents loved Florida so much that we actually went house hunting and checked out a few beautiful homes. We even bought a vacation home.

This vacation changed me because even though I'm already a hard worker, it motivated me to work even harder, that way that lakefront home with 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms can be mine very soon. You have to enjoy life, and for me enjoying life means living in a tropical place full of palm trees. There's more to life than just paying bills and living paycheck to paycheck.

I met some of the nicest people while on this vacation. Everyone was welcoming to us, and strangers often approached us to give toys to my siblings, or just simply to say "hello." One important thing about this vacation is I was able to see family I haven't seen in almost 10 years. They kindly opened their homes to us when we were in town visiting them, and for that, I'm very thankful.

On this vacation, I got to network and build opportunities. I saw some companies I'm interested in working for post-graduation. My dad networked as well, and will start applying to jobs there soon.

I miss Florida more than words can explain. I know that I can definitely make my dreams a reality soon. Until I achieve my goal of owning that beautiful Floridian lakefront home with 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, I'm going to be working harder than I've ever worked before. I'm so blessed to have gone on this life changing family vacation.